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Also known as wide format or grand printing, it works much like standard digital printing, but on a much bigger scale.
The presses can be either flatbed or roll-to-roll printers and sometimes are a combination of both.
All printing is done with a uv inkjet, toner-based ink or a uv gel ink that prints graphics onto a roll, rather than individual sheets.
Aside from custom wallpaper, we also print the following products:
All of these variables affect pricing and are best determined from seeing the actual pattern. The original design is what guides us in assessing the scope/scale of a given project to provide accurate & fair pricing.
While we highly recommend physical samples in order to capture every nuance and detail of your original, we are also capable of working from photographs, as long as the images are clear, not blurry and of sufficient quality. We have covered this topic in our blog post "How to Recreate Discontinued Wallpaper", where you'll find tips on how to effectively photograph your wallpaper, though our recommendation here would be to hire a professional photographer for the best results.
It depends on the style of wallpaper you are trying to replicate. There are a number of different methods, including digital printing, block printing, screen printing and gravure printing. The more traditional methods can leave a slightly raised texture from the ink, in digital printing, this will replicated with a pre-fabricated paper/substrate with a raised surface. When the digital ink lays down, it can create a similar effect to traditional and more expensive methods of printing.
It's also important to note that, sometimes, due to the age, exposure to environment, condition of the existing wallpaper, or the original manufacturing process, it might can be difficult to match colors exactly. In these cases, we will match the colors as closely as possible to give an overall similar look.
The exception to this is metallic wallpapers. While we can print on metallic materials (gold, silver, copper), our digital presses do not actually print metallic inks/foils.
Regardless of the project specs, it's our company policy never to print any wallpaper without the you seeing a press proof first (a job ticket must be generated). We only go to press when you 100% confirm your custom press proof/sample.
Yes, we can color match existing wallpapers. Please note, the time it takes our designers and pre-press department to scan, color match, paper match and set up /calibrate the press and print press proofs for your review is a very time consuming and process that will be billed accordingly.
To be straightforward, wallpaper recreation can be a costly process, compared to just replacing the existing wallpaper. But sometimes, there is no replacement or alternatives and the cost for replicating wallpaper is the best or only option.
Where the recreation process can be expensive, the actual digital printing process is far most cost effective then traditional methods and most importantly, ou rminmum are only 50 sq ft to print.
While digital printing is more cost effective than traditional methods, a larger part of the process is design time. We can not just take a sample and print it - pre-press has a quality control process with multiple steps which require a unique skillset:
The more colors and details present in the design, the longer this process takes. A minimal art deco print with two colors will not be as time consuming and have the same costs involved as an ornate victorian print with 6-12 colors.
Another factor that can increase cost is having an incomplete sample, requiring an artist to hand draw and fill in the blanks to finalize and match the pattern/design.
Digitally recreating discontinued wallpaper is a time consuming process time. One of the most intense parts of this task is color matching. The more colors you have, the more time is invested in the process. You can enjoy significant savings by color matching yourself with a standardized color book (Pantone, Benjamin Moore, etc.)
We highly recommend reading our article "The Art & History of Color Matching". You'll also want to make sure the sample you send us is complete. Anything to lighten the workload of our designers and pre-press department will add up to a smaller recreation budget.
Wallpaper recreation is a very specific niche. There are shops that reprint or stock specific patterns which have been discontinued or out of print for a long time.
But to our knowledge, nobody else out there provides digital recreation using customer-submitted art like Fine Print New York. This is why when you search on Google for "wallpaper recreation" you will likely see us near or at the top of the results.
Printing wallpaper is a skill and amazing craft - replicating, designing and recreating wallpaper is a legitimate art form. We often spend days color matching one sample, testing it in natural light, indoor light, uv light and many other variables. We take all these factors into account to ensure color matching that goes far beyond your average printer.
Our quality control process prevents this from ever happening. You will get a custom sample of your wallpaper, printed on the actual material for your review.
It's an exact copy of what you can expect from the final rolls. If by some chance the final results do not match your sample or there was any sort of error on our part, we stand by our work 100% and will always take accountability if we make a mistake.
Customer satisfaction and quality is our number one concern and we want to ensure our clients get exactly what they approved and paid for, this is why so many people feel comfortable working with us. Your are dealing with real people in the real world, a family owned business that is built on integrity with mutual benefit for all parties.
Regardless of the net profit for any particular project, if a client walks away happy with the product, but not satisfied with the level of customer service, we treat this as a loss and see if there is anything to learn from that situation, and make immediate changes if there is.
Some projects can be more demanding than others, but we welcome those challenges with an open mind and do our best to deliver award winning customer service regardless of the complexity or particular demands oof any project.
There is no better way to experience our outstanding customer service than talking to us directly at 212.619.5446 (Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm EST).
You will be speaking with Joseph or Steven directly, who are both eager and ready to answer any questions or concerns. We strive to make the production process as transparent and stress free as possible.
Reach out and discover why everyone from homeowners to Fortune 500 companies are so satisfied with our service.
We also provide live chat services on the website and readily check our inquiries@FinePrintNYC.com
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Fine Print is a wallpaper store located in NYC offering wall printing services to home owners and design professionals. From panoramic wall murals to even the most bespoke wallpaper designs, our state of the art process ensures photographic results, accurate color matching and outstanding quality.
We can recreate, copy and duplicate existing wallpapers. Regardless of how old, out of print or damaged a sample may be, we offer faithful reproductions and professional guidance to match the look and feel of the original. Bring new life to **vintage wallpaper on a variety of durable and easy to clean materials.
Our wallpaper rolls deliver a maximum printable size of 48” width by 300” height. We offer peel & stick, matte, canvas & fabric, each one fully compliant with industry fire safety & emissions standards. Rest easy knowing that your wallpaper is produced using safe and environmentally friendly materials.